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Date: 3 p.m. April 21, 2013
Venue: Carlisle Grounds
Att: 450 (est)

Scored: 17'
- Axel Bossekota 17'

Scored: 21'
- Axel Bossekota 21'

Scored: 35'
- Shane Tracy 35'

Scored: 64'
- Shane Tracy 64'


Bray Wanderers 0 - 4 Limerick

Sun, Apr 21 2013

Credit: Steve Alfred

Two magnificent free kicks from Shane Tracy and two more goals from Axel Bossekota put Bray Wanderers to the sword at the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday afternoon, as Limerick FC recorded their third win of the season and rose to sixth place in the table.

 

Limerick may have taken to the field with their players sporting an array of novelty haircuts but there was nothing trivial about a first half performance that yielded three goals against a Bray side that conceded seven last week to Shamrock Rovers and who must be getting tired of picking the ball out of their net.

 

The irony was that Bray came ever so close to taking the lead themselves after 40 seconds of play when Kevin Knight’s sweeping cross from the left was volleyed ferociously off the angle of bar and post by striker Jason Byrne.

 

After that early scare Limerick stabilised and took the lead on 17 minutes when Danny Galbraith played in Axel Bossekota and the Belgian deftly chipped the ball over home keeper Darren Quigley. 

 

Jason Byrne might have pulled his side level when he took advantage of a weak back-pass by Shane Costelloe, but the ball cannoned off keeper Barry Ryan and out over the end-line before Byrne could turn it into the net. Moments later Limerick were two up when Tracy crossed from the left and Bossekota was again on hand, this time side-footing a volley beyond Quigley.

 

Again Bray responded positively with Ismahil Akinade failing to make the best of a quick break prompted by Gary Dempsey and, one minute later, Byrne forcing Ryan to turn his low shot around the post. But on 35 minutes the result was all but secured when Shane Tracy fired a magnificent free kick directly to the net from 30 yards out and wide on the right.

 

Bray competed well as the second half opened and created a number of half chances. Kieran Marty Waters shot over on 52 minutes and Dean Zambra didn’t make a solid enough connection when diving to head Dave Webster’s cross straight at Ryan.

 

In truth Bray lacked sufficient bite in front of goal and had suffered too many senior moments in defence, a lethal combination against a team as hungry and energetic as Limerick, and the Blues underlined their dominance when adding a fourth on 64 minutes.

 

Danny Galbraith was fouled by Peter Thomas and Shane Tracy took the free, bending a sublime effort into the top right corner of the goal. Still Bray pressed forwards, unbowed by the scale of the deficit, and they might have salvaged a couple of goals but for the excellence of Limerick goalkeeper Ryan.

 

Bray Substitute John Mulroy took advantage of a lapse in judgement by Brian Callaghan to set up Akinade whose well hit shot was pushed away by Ryan at full stretch. Jason Byrne then blasted the rebound off the post and away from an acute angle. With eleven minutes to play Ryan tipped an effort from Waters onto the bar. Five minutes later Ryan dived low to touch Waters’ shot around the post and followed that up with a reaction save from Akinade’s header after the Bray striker rose to meet the subsequent corner.

 

In the end it was an emphatic win for Limerick but the performance of his Bray side will have both infuriated and encouraged Pat Devlin.

 

 

Bray Wanderers: Darren Quigley; David Webster, Danny O’Connor (Paul Malone 68), Peter Thomas (Danny Joyce 72), Kevin Knight; Daire Doyle (John Mulroy 64), Dean Zambra, Gary Dempsey, Kieran Marty Waters; Jason Byrne, Ismahil Akinade.
Subs not used: Stephen McGuinness, Conor Early, Paul Moffatt, Sean Hurley. 

Bookings: Akinade (43).

 

Limerick FC: Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Brian O’Callaghan (Pat Purcell 78), Stephen Folan; Danny Galbraith (Val Feeney 88), David O’Leary, Joe Gamble, Shane Tracy, Shane Costelloe (Darragh Rainsford 66); Craig Curran, Axel Bossekota.
Subs not used: Shane Cusack, Aaron Brown, Pat Purcell, Rory Gaffney.

Bookings: Curran (23), Folan (54), O'Leary (86).

 

Referee: Graham Kelly.

Attendance: 450 (estimate).

Extratime Man of the Match: Barry Ryan (Limerick FC).

 


Bray Wanderers
Darren Quigley
Goalkeeper
David Webster
Defender
Peter Thomas
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Defender
Danny O'Connor
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Defender
Kevin Knight
Defender
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Kieran 'Marty' Waters
Midfielder
Daire Doyle
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Midfielder
Gary Dempsey
Midfielder
Jason Byrne
Forward
Ismahil Akinade
43Booked: 43'
Forward

Substitutes
John Mulroy
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Forward
Paul Moffatt
Midfield
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Paul Malone
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
Daniel Joyce
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Defender
Sean Hurley
Midfield
Conor Earley
Midfield
Limerick
Barry Ryan
Goalkeeper
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Stephen Folan
Defender
54Booked: 54'
Shane Costelloe
Defender 66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Brian O'Callaghan
Defender 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Joe Gamble
Midfielder
Danny Galbraith
Midfielder 88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Axel Bossekota
Midfielder
17Scored: 17'
21Scored: 21'
David O'Leary
Midfielder
86Booked: 86'
Shane Tracy
Midfielder
35Scored: 35'
64Scored: 64'
Craig Curran
Forward
23Booked: 23'

Substitutes
Rory Gaffney
Midfield
Val Feeney
Midfield
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Shane Cusack
Goalkeeper
Aaron Brown
Defender
Stephen McGann
Midfield
Pat Purcell
Defender
78Subbed On: 78'
78'
Darragh Rainsford
Forward
66Subbed On: 66'
66'